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The LA Phil premieres a new work by Nokuthula Ngwenyama in September, 9/14 @ 8pm

Composer and Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama.
Photo by Mark Morgan
Composer and Violist Nokuthula Ngwenyama.

The viola is often the subject of jokes. But in the viola world, people know the name of Nokuthula (Thula) Ngwenyama, who not only has a solo career on viola, but she also serves on the Board of the American Viola Society.

9/7 Ravel: Menuet antique Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 21 Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, Boléro (Sunwook Kim, p; Matthias Pintscher, cond)

9/14 Ngwenyama: Primal Message Adolphe: Woven Loom, Silver Spindle Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Martin Chalifour, v; Xian Zhang, cond)

9/21 Ellington: Night Creature, New World A-Comin’, Black, Brown & Beige, The River Suite (Gerald Clayton, p; Thomas Wilkins, cond)

9/28 Ogonek: Cloudline Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, Italian (Igor Levit, p; Elim Chan, cond)